Dexter Southfield is an independent school where boys and girls in Pre-K through Class 12 develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life. Through a classical education and innovative programming, students learn to lead with confidence and serve with compassion. Our 36-acre campus is located on the Brookline-Boston line, just minutes from the city’s best museums, libraries, hospitals, performing arts venues, colleges, and universities—all of which serve as an extension of our classrooms. At Dexter Southfield, we approach everything we do with enthusiasm and commitment, living by our School’s motto: “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.”
Our upper school faculty is made up of highly talented and professional members who demonstrate exceptional commitment to instructing, engaging, and encouraging students to use their knowledge and skills to achieve post-secondary education goals. If you are passionate about sharing your love of learning at the upper school level, this role offers you the opportunity to do so in one of the region’s most respected private schools. At Dexter Southfield, we promote a culture of excellence that extends beyond academics, athletics, and the arts. We offer a culture and community in which both employees and students feel valued and respected.
You are an experienced upper school ESL/ELL teacher (Grades 9-12) who seeks to share your love of learning with others. Being a highly energetic and productive self-starter, you demonstrate a love of teaching and thorough command of the subject matters. You have excellent organizational and relationship building skills, are adept at guiding students in the classroom, and support their extracurricular pursuits. You enjoy the rhythm and energy of an independent day school and demonstrate integrity, humor, and sound judgment in everything you do.
You have experience with running a sheltered/immersion class and or using SEI methodology to develop students’ English language skills in support of their scholastic development. You may also have experience administering and interpreting TOEFL data.
To be successful in this role, you must:
Foster a culture of high expectations to allow every student to achieve positive results in a supportive, academically rigorous learning environment
Collaborate with other faculty to discuss strategies and resources and facilitate academic transitions
Coordinate timely and ongoing communication and feedback to faculty and parents
Identify unique student needs and collaborate with teachers and academic support to effectively address those needs and employ differentiated instruction
Create a learning environment that promotes character, respect and goodwill
Demonstrate a commitment to training and professional development to remain current with educational standards, emerging technology, classroom resources, and pedagogy
Actively participate in faculty meetings, in-service programs, and training workshops
Fulfill other duties as assigned by the Head of School or his/her designee
Skills and Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree or higher in Education and/or ELL, SEI, 3 years’ experience teaching high school English Language Learners and teaching linguistically diverse students. Preferred: MA Teacher certification in ELL, SEI.
At least three years full-time experience working with target population of students
Ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) and possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and parents
Demonstrated knowledge in teaching principles, theories, methods, behavior management techniques, and conflict resolution strategies
Ability to plan, organize, develop, and conduct comprehensive lesson plans and instruction
Ability to provide a motivating and engaging learning environment
History of continued education or professional development in general education or assigned subject area(s) through in-service training programs or independent studies
Ability to be flexible, effectively manage stress, and adapt to changing work priorities and assignments